Preconceived Notions: I’m prepared to love this. Marvin Gaye has one of the best voices of all time. There’s nothing he couldn’t sing and instantly make a song better. This is more of a serious foray into the more revolutionary attitudes of the time, but I love him. I’m a big fan. I’ve heard singles from this album all the time, but just never listened to the whole thing.
After Listening: I think it’s one of the most cohesive total albums we’ve listened to. That being said, there was also a lot of similar song structure/song message, not a lot of experimenting going on. That’s ok for me, though, because I’m pretty willing to give Marvin the benefit of any doubt. I think, especially looking at the time period in which it was made and the kind of artist that Marvin Gaye was before this, I understand why it seemed like more of a departure and why people were kind of clamoring for something like this.
Overall: 4….it was riding pretty near a 5 until Wholy Holy, there was just too much literal preaching in that one.
Favorite Track: Mercy, Mercy Me (so much groove it’s ridiculous)
Least Favorite Track: Wholy Holy